The first quarter of your story hinges upon two important
and irreversible moments: the inciting event and the key event. I’ve saved our
discussion of inciting and key events until this late into the series because these events can take place at any number of the structure
points we’ve already discussed. Now that we’ve got a sense of the hook, the
first act, and the first major plot point, we can see more clearly how and
where the inciting and key events affect these moments.
Tell me your opinion: Can you pick out the inciting and key events in your work-in-progress?
Related Posts: The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 1: Why Should Authors Care?
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 2: The Hook
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 3: The First Act
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 4: The First Plot Point
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Story by K.M. Weiland